Join us at this event to hear more about how current issues like the pandemic, and debt are deeply connected and perpetuate extraction, exploitation and profiteering at the expense of the global South
Date: Monday 27 September 2021
Time: 17:15-18:30 BSTGet tickets here!
The world is facing multiple global crises – from the pandemic and vaccine apartheid, to the climate emergency and debt crisis. It is vital we address how these issues are deeply connected and perpetuate extraction, exploitation and profiteering at the expense of the global south. Instead of fighting these issues one by one or on a national basis only, we need to build connected movements that challenge the underlying global economic system if we are to achieve global justice.
Shaista Aziz is a journalist, writer and women’s rights and anti-racism campaigner. She specialises in working alongside marginalised communities across the country to build community campaigns tackling inequalities, racism and bigotry. She’s a homeless rights advocate and founder of the Labour Homelessness Campaign. Shaista is also a Labour councillor for Oxford City Council and the council’s cabinet member for inclusive communities.
Martin Drewry is the CEO of Health Poverty Action, a politically progressive international NGO rooted in the worldwide People’s Health Movement. Health Poverty Action sees health as a profoundly political issue and works in practical solidarity with some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised populations. Its 400 staff mostly originate from the communities they work with. Prior to this Martin played key roles leading the large coalition campaigns for debt cancellation (Jubilee 2000 and Drop the Debt), and was co-founder of the Trade Justice Movement. A graduate of Bradford University’s Peace Studies department, he began as a grassroots Community Development Worker in severely marginalised parts of the UK.
Nnimmo Bassey is an architect and director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation based in Nigeria and member of the steering committee of Oilwatch International – a network resisting the expansion of fossil fuels extraction in the Global South. He was the chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2008 to 2012. He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of York, UK, in 2019, Bassey’s books include To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War.
Christopher Sinckler is an International Trade and Development Specialist with over 25 years of experience working in public, private and civil society sectors in Barbados, the Caribbean and wider afield. He is the lead consultant with the Tachenico Consultants Inc and an Advisor on Debt Relief and Development Finance Reform at the Caribbean Policy Development Centre. He has held a number of positions in the government of Barbados including Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs (2010 to 2018), Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development (2008-2010) and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Business 2008.
Dorothy Guerrero is Head of Policy at Global Justice Now. Her work in social movements and NGOs spans 30 years. She currently works on and writes about corporate accountability, climate change, migration, trade and investment, China and other related economic justice concerns. She previously worked with the Transnational Institute (TNI), African Women Unite Against Destructive Resource Extraction (WOMIN) Focus on the Global South (an Asian regional organisation), Asienhaus Deutschland and the Institute for Popular Democracy in the Philippines